Easy Diabetic Cream Cheese Frosting – a sugar-free delight that’s not only kinder on blood glucose management but also the perfect companion for your favourite carrot cake and chocolate brownies.
One of the icings that never fails to hit the spot for me is cream cheese frosting, possibly because it perfectly complements my all-time favourite cake, low carb carrot cake. However, I’m not one to load up my frostings or icing with powdered sugar. Ever since stumbling upon powdered xylitol, the world of frostings and icings has transformed into a dream. And let me tell you, this Easy Diabetic Cream Cheese Frosting is no exception to that.
What makes this sugar-free frosting recipe truly great is the blend of flavours and thoughtful ingredient choices. The cream cheese and butter create a wonderfully smooth creamy texture, while the sugar substitute, xylitol, doesn’t compromise on taste and remains considerate of blood glucose levels. I can confidently say that this frosting is one that I return to for its creaminess and that little touch of sweetness without worrying about blood sugar rollercoasters.
Why Choose Sugar-Free Cream Cheese Frosting?
Managing diabetes doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the joys of dessert or sweet treats. Unlike traditional recipes, this sugar-free cream cheese frosting has been created to be gentle on blood glucose levels, thanks to the absence of refined sugars. But here are some other reasons to try this delicious recipe:
The Perfect Pairings: There’s something magical about the combination of moist carrot cake and this sugar-free cream cheese icing. The subtle sweetness from the carrots complements the creamy, tangy notes of the frosting. But let’s not forget how good this cream cheese frosting is as the perfect topping on your favourite diabetes-friendly brownies or red velvet cake too. The rich intense cocoa flavours go so well with the velvety texture of the frosting
Versatile Flavours: The basic recipe includes a hint of citrusy goodness with orange zest. The zesty notes add a refreshing twist to the frosting, balancing the richness and enhancing the overall flavour profile. However, don’t be afraid to get creative! Experiment with additional flavours like lemon zest, almond extract, a touch of vanilla extract or even adding unsweetened cocoa powder to tailor the frosting to your taste preferences. The possibilities are endless!
Following a specific diet – If you are following a keto diet or low-carb diet then this is the perfect low-carb frosting recipe for you. Unlike traditional cream cheese frosting, In place of sugar, this delicious recipe uses a sugar substitute with a low glycemic index to support diabetes management and a low-carb lifestyle
Choosing the Right Sugar Substitute for Your Diabetic Cream Cheese Frosting
When it comes to sugar substitutes, the options seem endless, each with its unique properties and flavour profiles. From liquid stevia to powdered erythritol or monk fruit, the choices can be overwhelming. However, in crafting this low-carb cream cheese frosting, my preference leans towards powdered xylitol.
Why? Well, xylitol is a natural sweetener that not only adds sweetness without the blood sugar spikes, but it also behaves remarkably similar to powdered sugar in terms of texture and consistency. Plus, it blends seamlessly into the frosting, ensuring a smooth and creamy finish that’s perfect for topping off your favourite low carb cakes.
However, feel free to experiment with other sugar substitutes to find the one that suits your taste buds and dietary needs best. Just remember to adjust the quantities accordingly depending on the sweetener used as not all are 1:1 sugar substitutes, which you can read more about in the article below:
The world of sugar substitutes and type 1 diabetes can be confusing. This guide explores substitutes in the UK and diabetes management
Sugar Free Cakes & Bakes that are delicious with cream cheese frosting:
Ingredients needed for sugar free keto cream cheese frosting
- Essential for the smoothest and lightest of frostings
- Ensure it is at room temperature
- Full Fat cream cheese
- I find there can be a big difference in the quality of cream cheese
- You may need to try a few before you find the one you like
- Make sure to use room temperature cream cheese
- It needs to be a powdered sweetener otherwise your frosting will be crunchy if you use a granulated sweetener
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- Orange Zest
- compliments the creaminess and add a little tang against the sweetness
HOW TO MAKE Diabetic CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
This is such an easy recipe to follow, however, I do recommend using a stand mixer, food processor or electric whisk for this part, to ensure a smooth texture. This sugar free cream cheese frosting recipe makes enough icing to cover the top and middle of a 2 layer cake.
Start by whisking the butter until it is smooth and creamy. It should lighten in colour.
Then add the cream cheese, and continue to Whip your cream cheese, and butter together until light and fluffy. This step is crucial for achieving that velvety consistency that’s characteristic of cream cheese frosting.
Finally, gradually add the sieved powdered sweetener and orange zest to the cream cheese mixture until everything is combined and you have the perfect cream cheese frosting which should be smooth and light.
Taste to adjust the sweetness and flavour accordingly.
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Top Tips and Common Questions About Diabetic Cream Cheese Frosting
Can I Use Stevia or Monk Fruit Sweetener? Absolutely! Feel free to substitute traditional sugar with stevia or monk fruit sweetener in our recipe. Ensure you adjust the quantities according to your preferred level of sweetness.
How Can I Make the Frosting Thicker or Thinner? Achieving the perfect consistency is key. For a thicker frosting, add more cream cheese or a splash of milk or double cream to thin it out; for a lighter texture, increase the amount of butter. Play around until you find the ideal balance for your preferences.
Is This Frosting Freezer-Friendly? Yes, it is! Our diabetic cream cheese frosting freezes well. Store it in an airtight container, and when ready to use, simply thaw it in the refrigerator and give it a gentle whisk for a smooth, creamy texture.
Can I Pipe This Frosting for Decorations? Absolutely! This sugar-free cream cheese frosting is perfect for piping. Ensure it’s at room temperature to ensure ease of scooping into your piping bag but I would then recommend placing the piping bag in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This ensures the best results and definition in your pipping.
Should my ingredients be at Room temperature – YES. If you use ingredients straight out of the fridge, achieving a smooth icing may be challenging. The butter could remain lumpy and might not blend well with the cream cheese, resulting in an uneven texture. It’s best to let the ingredients come to room temperature before starting to ensure a smooth and creamy consistency in your frosting.
Can this recipe be adapted to make a sugar-free buttercream frosting? Absolutely! Simply omit the cream cheese and increase the amount of butter used. Making a sugar-free icing is primarily about finding the right sugar free sweetener that suits your taste preferences and dietary needs.
This recipe for Easy Diabetic Cream Cheese Frosting not only caters to diabetes management with its sugar-free formulation but also offers peace of mind for those with type 1 diabetes as it is carb count-free, allowing for indulgence without concerns about blood sugar spikes.